Young people tour in art show

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Young people from Knottingley and Ferrybridge will be performing a new show about their area this weekend.

The show, called Follow the Diversion, is part of Wakefield community arts company Faceless’ Empty Square touring project, funded by Arts Council England’s strategic touring fund.

It takes its inspiration from an empty square near Ousefleet, the only featureless square on an Ordinance Survey map of the area.

Young people aged from six to 16 worked with Faceless for three weeks during the summer holidays to collect stories from older people and share their own stories to transform them into the performance.

Bev Adams, project director, said: “Our performance is about personal stories and memories of younger and older people who live in the communities flanking the M62. These beautifully unique places, we feel, are sometimes overlooked as people pas by, going about their busy lives, seldom stopping to take a closer look.

“Our performance takes in stories of pea-pulling, royal visits, World War Two bomber squadrons and town lock-ups. ”

A six-date Empty Square tour starts on Friday with a performance at Ferrybridge Park on Friday September 13 from 4.30pm to 7pm, and also includes performances at Pontefract Castle on Sunday September 15 from 11am to 3pm, and Knottingley and Kellingley Sports and Social Club on Friday September 20 from 4.30pm to 7pm.

The events also include creative arts activities in Faceless’ pop-up creativity tent Space to Create, and performances of the company’s Heron, a 9ft walkabout character. All activities are free.